North Carolina-born artist Travis Stewart known as Machinedrum has produced and composed over a dozen albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. Covering an astonishing variety of styles with ease, through solo Machinedrum work and with collaborative projects Sepalcure, JETS, Dream Continuum, or other mutations, Stewart has established himself as electronic music’s true Renaissance man.
His debut as Machinedrum Now You Know, was released in 2001 on pioneering Miami-based Merck Records and gained worldwide attention and praise from musicians, fans and critics. Having a strong background in both acoustic and electronic instrumentation, he was quickly able to navigate those various elements on his early releases from field recording and vintage synth laden Urban Biology to his seminal production and mixing of This Charming Mixtapewith MC Theophilus London and his critically acclaimed 2009 album Want To 1 2? 2010’s Many Faces EP ushered the next phase of Machinedrum’s career and a fruitful relationship with Glasgow-based label LuckyMe. Sepalcure, a duo launched with Praveen Sharma shortly after, became one of the most intriguing names in the bass music scene and a series of releases on bubbling imprintHotflush has given the duo NYC ambassadorship of this UK-based genre.
Relocating to Berlin for a few years, Machinedrum maintained a steady flow of releases including the Alarmaa and SXLND EPs with LuckyMe and the critically-acclaimed Room(s) LP on Planet Mu Records, a fresh new exploration of juke, jungle, and drum&bass that garnered high praise across the music world.
The dance floor blitzkrieg JETS, his latest project with longtime collaborator Jimmy Edgar has kept him ahead of the curve once again, serving as yet another showcase for his musical evolution.
His biggest and boldest release came last year in the form of the full-length LPVapor City on famed label Ninja Tune, a conceptual universe which included an interactive website, digital citizenship program for fans, and an art exhibit in NYC that launched with the album. With subsequent EPs, exclusive remixes from a series of heavyweights, and a critically-acclaimed world tour, Vapor City carried on his rich exploration of multimedia arts and music.
Delivering his signature on every thing he touches, through each solo album and EP, collaborations, or production work for the likes of Azealia Banks, Jamie Liddell, Jesse Boykins III and others, Machinedrum is now widely recognized as a producer’s producer, a pioneer of many styles, and a master of his craft.
"Jay Smith, founder of music technology company Livid Instruments, has started an organization called Every90Minutes in hopes to fight ALS with not ice-cold tap water, but red-hot grooves. A lifelong figure in the music tech industry, Smith was himself recently diagnosed with ALS earlier in the year, and along with Gravitas Recordings, has tirelessly helped curate a unique compilation of some of the best tracks from all along the electronic music spectrum."-- Thump
"If you’re going to buy one album this week, please make sure it’s Beat ALS. Not only does it feature awesome tracks from bona fide bass and beat bubblers such as Bassnectar, Au5, Buku, ill Gates, Mr Bill, Machinedrum and Psymbionic. Not only does it feature contributions from the top of the very premiership such as BT, Richie Hawtin and Nicolas Jaar. Not only does it feature this very UKF upload… Much more importantly than any of the above, every penny and cent invested in Beat ALS goes to an incredibly important cause: Every90Minutes. Every90Minutes was established by Livid Instruments founder Jay Smith. In May this year he was diagnosed with ALS. The disease many of us drenched ourselves in ice cold water for recently, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – or motor neurone disease as it’s known here in the UK – is a fatal disease that affects the ability to speak, move and breathe. It is truly devastating and every 90 minutes in America someone is either diagnosed with the disease or dies from it. Jay has founded Every90Minutes to raise as much awareness and research funds as possible. Read his story. His attitude is a blueprint for how to be a positive, progressive human."-- UKF